This was our first trip to Tallin Estonia and my husband and I stayed at the Domina Ilmarine hotel for 2 nights this April.
The hotel: A very modern hotel just minutes walking distance to the old town and city centre and off the main road. The room was very clean, comfy double bed but unfortunately, no tea or coffee making facilities unless you pay extra. Also, the room was extremely well insulated and we woke up several times during the night feeling very hot and not having any drinking facilities in the room during the night meant we were very thirsty by breakfast however, the breakfast was very nice, lots of choice, various meats, cheeses, cereals, pastries, teas, soft drinks, etc.
The hotel is just a stones throw away from Tallin old town where the magic truly begins.
The old town is like a taking a giant leap back in time to the days of robin hood and fairy tales, a real medieval wonder that incorporates the old world with the new; a perfect place for couples...very romantic however, as Estonia is now part of the EU and took on the euro it is not as cheap as you'd think and is probably in line with some London prices if you don't shop around.
There's plenty to see in terms of churches, cathedrals and lots of beautiful quaint and often themed cafes/restaurants which, over look a stunning and extremely picturesque town centre.
The entire old town is laden with cobbled stones and is very safe for pedestrians as very little traffic runs through it. There are market stalls sprawled along some of the beautiful old streets selling various items but most of the shops you'll find are behind the stunning old looking/medieval buildings.
Highly recommended is the bike tour (bike shop down UUS road) which takes you on a 16km guided bike ride/tour away from the old town and out to the hard to reach historical sites of Tallin.
16 euros per person gets you 2.5 hour bike ride, helmet, soft drink. It is a relatively easy bike ride for most people as the ground is quite flat (only one or two hills) and goes at a relaxed pace. The guide Christina was very knowledgeable, very friendly and it was definitely one of the highlights of our trip.
Highly recommend the following restaurants/cafes.....
Olde Hansa restaurant in the town square if you want a taste of medieval food and experience the medieval era as all staff are dressed in period costumes and live music is played using instruments of that time. £££ not cheap but not too expensive.
Peppersack restaurant; another themed restaurant but not as elaborate as Olde Hansa. Excellent food and service. ££ slightly cheaper and you get more for your money.
Elsebet cafe attached to the peppersack OMG!!!! try the cakes! They are so tasty and very cheap. ££
Chocolate Pierre cafe is well worth a stop as the chocolates are probably the best in Tallin and the cakes aren't bad either however, it is very expensive compared to Elsebet but you need to experience this little cafe as you'll not see anything like this in all of Tallin.
Rae Khavick cafe on the town square is a lovely cafe for a tea/coffee and an opportunity to sit and watch the world go by whilst looking out on to the square. Sheep skin covers cover the chairs in the colder months making it a much more pleasant experience if you don't like the cold but want to stay outside.
Sites/must sees to visit.......
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is a must see!!!!
The Dome Church
St. catherines passage (old town)
Kadriog palace and park (on bike tour)
pirita beach (bike tour)
Fat Margaret Tower (old town entrance)
Well worth purchasing a travel guide book of Estonia before you go.
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20 April 2012
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Thank you for finding a time to write such a thorough positive feedback and sharing useful tips for travellers who are planning to visti Tallinn and stay in Domina Inn Ilmarine.
Unfortunately it is true, we do not have tea and coffee making facilities in all rooms, but on request it can be ordered also to classic rooms.
Again, thank you for staying in Domina Inn Ilmarine. We are looking forward welcoming you in the furture!
With kind regards,
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